Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow I - Research

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(8/2/2023 6:40 PM)
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Research (non-Faculty)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher for our Large Animal Translational Program. The program eagerly seeks highly motivated early-career stage individuals with doctorates (Ph.D.) in Animal Molecular Genetics / Molecular Biology or related areas to join our research team.


The individual selected for this position will play a key role in groundbreaking research focusing on development of large animal genetic models and improving Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) efficiency. Good written and verbal communication skills are critical. The successful candidate will be a well-organized, self-motivated scientist, who works well independently and as a team member of our multidisciplinary group.


The funding for this position ends at the conclusion of the fiscal year of 2028, but may be longer contingent upon funding.


  • Execute and coordinate experiments and assays in a timely manner.
  • Perform molecular biology protocols including: PCR, real-time qPCR, Western Blot, design and construction of genetic engineering vectors, and Immunohistochemistry assays.
  • Perform in vitro studies to investigate the effects of CRISPR-based gene editing on performing precise modifications for disruption or gain of function of genes.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in the field of cellular, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, or related areas.
  • Molecular biology skills with publication records demonstrating the candidate's experience in gene transgenic and/or gene editing field.\
  • Experience and working knowledge with electroporation procedures, viral vector transduction, and/or nanoparticle delivery of construct vector or CRISPR/Cas9 system.
  • Direct experience with cell biology techniques in laboratory (primary cell culture isolation, and in vitro manipulations of various mammalian cell lines).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate (oral and written) clearly and concisely.
  • Effective ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team to guide the success of projects.
  • Strong critical thinking for analysis of experimental data for troubleshooting and identification of potential levers of improvements.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov


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